Gorilla Winch Installation
Winch mounted on our Suzuki Vinson
1. Mount the winch to the front of the ATV
using a mounting plate designed for your ATV.
The Gorilla winch comes with a generic mounting
plate, but that plate wouldn’t mount to my bike
so I ordered a mounting plate for my Vinson. The
Gorilla winch mounted to the mounting plate with
4 screws. I used Loctite on all 4 screws. Once
the winch is mounted to the plate, you need to
put the winch in place. I had to remove the
lower front plastic, so I could place the winch
onto the bike. Once the winch is in place, the
mounting plate gets screwed to the frame using 4
screws. I again used Loctite on all 4 screws.
The roller fairlead is mounted to the front of
the plate with 4 screws, also with Loctite. All
mounting hardware was provided.
Winch wires covered in liquid electrical
tape (2-3 coats) ensure a good
connection even in very wet conditions.
2. Connect the wires to the winch. On the
Suzuki Vinson, the 6-gauge wires are already
there for a winch. So just connect them
according to the winch installation
instructions. Here's where I used liquid
electrical tape (2-3 coats). I found the liquid
electrical tape at Home Depot. Once the liquid
electrical tape has completely dried, slip the
boots over the terminals.
3. Mounting the contactor. On the Suzuki
Vinson they ran the 6-gauge wires under the seat
and placed them on top of the rear storage box.
I pulled the cable back a little bit and reran
the cable up through an opening between the
battery and the box for the air filter. I
removed the tool kit and used that spot for the
Connection for the keyed hot wire.
4. Connect the two wires that come from the
winch to the proper terminals on the contactor
relay. Mine happened to be blue & yellow wires.
The nuts on my contactor were color-coded. It
was also noted in the instructions on which ones
to use. Look at the image on the right.
5. Connect the red and black wires to the
proper terminals on the contactor relay. Again
the nuts on my contactor were color-coded. Do
not connect to battery at this time. It was also
noted in the instructions which ones to use.
Handlebar switch to control the winch
6. Choose a spot on your handlebar where you
would be comfortable with the handlebar switch.
I decided to slide mine down on the bar a little
bit. Fish the switch wires down through the
tunnel where the rest of the handlebar wires go
and back to the contactor unit. I followed the
preinstalled winch wiring, and also you want to
leave enough slack so that you can turn the
handlebars fully in both directions. You also
need to tap the red wire into another wire that
gets voltage only when the key is on. No thanks
to my dealer who would not tell which wire they
use to tap into, I found an orange wire on top
of the rear storage box that has a bullet
connector on the end while poking around using a
test light. The red wire on the bike only ran
about half way down on the bike. So I spliced
another wire onto it and ran it back to the
orange wire with the bullet connector. I twisted
the wire on the red wire side using a wire nut
and electrical tape. I then added a female
connector on the other end of the wire and
connected that wire to the orange wire.
7. Connect the red and black cables to the
battery. Now, since I didn’t place my relay
under the seat, I had some excess cable that I
just looped around to take up the slack.
The winch is ready for use. The biggest pain
was looking for that keyed hot wire but other
than that, installing a winch is not that hard a